And The Story Begins

Denver Olmstead Storytelling Blog Leave a Comment

When I moved, it was all about taking a big leap. I forgot about the little steps required once the move was complete. It’s more than a job and paying rent. Finding yourself in a community takes placing one foot in front of the other to find where you belong. I decided to start by volunteering. Walking to the Portland …

Kate Ristau, Urban Teller

Kate Ristau Storytelling Blog Leave a Comment

As part of Wordstock, I was invited to join Portland Story Theater for a special performance — Urban Tellers® Wordstock Edition. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It wasn’t just one performance; it was a series of workshops led by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy. We started out by getting to know each other. I had …

The Fremont, Our New Home

Lawrence Howard Storytelling Blog 2 Comments

As our 12th season approaches, Portland Story Theater is excited to be moving to a new venue: the beautiful, brand-new Fremont Theater! After two full seasons at the cavernous, 375-seat Alberta Abbey, we are stoked to be moving back to a smaller, more intimate space. Located at the corner of NE 24th and Fremont, just nine blocks from Portland Story …

Portland Story Theater’s 2016-2017 Season

Lynne Duddy Storytelling Blog Leave a Comment

Ever come to that crossroad in life where you just want everything to be more fun, more profound, just more? Are you haunted by that nagging question, “Is this all there is?” I know it’s not just me. I know we’re all searching for something… more. That’s where Portland Story Theater comes in. It fulfills the ‘more’ of life: a …

Videos are up: Kiss and Tell, Luck of the Irish

Christine Toohey Storytelling Blog Leave a Comment

We had two awesome shows recently: celebrating love and romance with Kiss and Tell, our Valentine’s Day show, and our ode to Ireland and St. Paddy’s Day with Luck of the Irish. Both were evenings filled with sparkle, humor, and delight, with everything from traditional Irish dance to romantic serenades. And of course, there were lots of stories: tales of love, sex, …

Portland Story Theater Quote by Brene Brown

Creating Safe Space

Christine Toohey Storytelling Blog Leave a Comment

On Saturday, April 9th, we are partnering with PlayWrite, Inc. to create an Urban Tellers® show that gives voice to real, true stories from a new perspective, drawn from PlayWrite’s new Youth Leadership Team. Some of the tellers are guides in the PlayWrite program, while others are young people, ranging from 15-25 years old, who have graduated from the PlayWrite …

Why I Went Oral

Warren McPherson Storytelling Blog 2 Comments

Any idiot can tell a story. I know. I have been to many a party or function and had an idiot tell me a story. And, sure, being an idiot isn’t always their fault; I think most everyone is an idiot. But, just because I think you’re an idiot doesn’t mean you have to tell a crappy story. On the …

Tell Me A Story

Diane Ponti Storytelling Blog Leave a Comment

A  couple hundred people sit in the dark and wait for you to start. All that’s missing is the campfire and a star-studded night sky. You have ten minutes. Go! Tell me a story. The pressure of those ten minutes, those people, provide focus. “Give me your wallet,” the masked man demands as he points the muzzle of a gun at …

Addicted to PST

Leigh Hancock Storytelling Blog Leave a Comment

A year ago, completely entranced by the story a friend told on stage through Portland Story Theater, I signed up for their Urban Tellers workshop. The experience changed my life. Although I had no theater background, I had lots of experience telling stories: as a child brought up in a Southern story-telling family; as a fiction writer (and OK, as …